Here are the latest East Boston neighborhood notes:
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, contact organizers (phone, web or social media) to check the status of events you are interested in attending and as always, keep yourself and your family safe.
‘Sing a Song – Send a Song’
ZUMIX may not be able to entertain you at one of their events right now, but they are still committed to bringing joy to everyone, especially in this time of need. That is why ZUMIX has started a new at-home campaign called “Sing a Song/ Send a Song!”
Participants are asked to sing a song dedicated to someone they're not able to see right now and nominate three friends to do the same.
They are hoping people will consider donating $10 to ZUMIX through their First Giving page with the post and asking your nominees to do the same.
To take part, visit www.firstgiving.com/event/zumix/SAS4ZUMIX.
Mutual Aid Eastie Network
Social Distancing does not Equal Social Isolation. In these fast moving an uncertain times, it’s important that we show up for each other and remember that we are not alone.
Mutual Aid Eastie is a powerful way to build strong connections – we all have something to offer and something we need.
For information and to get involved in the Mutual Aid Eastie Network, visit whatupestie.com where you will find, among other information, links to:
Resource List – a centralized place for individuals, families, service providers and others to find information
Current Offerings List – a public non-editable “offerings” spreadsheet that people can view and reach out to others directly for support (the list is growing and you can add your information as well).
Current Needs List – if you are in need of something that is not found on the Current Offerings List, you can add your information/needs.
Neighborhood Pods – hyperlocal test message groups or phone trees of you and your neighbors.
Helpful links: whatsupeastie.com/coronavirus – one stop shop for all things Corona and Eastie and managing the fallout of decisions like school closure
Email email@example.com with questions about the Network and/or ways to participate.
Renaissance to abstraction to mandalas exhibition
“A Look Toward the 21st Century – the Renaissance to abstraction to mandalas” exhibition (Una Mirada Hacia el Siglo XXI – el Renacimiento a la abstracción a los mandalas) by Renato Viganego and Bo Petran has been extended through April at Atlantic Works Studio and Gallery, 80 Border St. by appointment only.
Normal gallery hours are Fridays and Saturdays, 2-6 p.m. or by appointment.
Visit atlanticworks.org for other information.
Free hot meals
The East Boston Community Soup Kitchen serves free hot meals at Our Savior Lutheran Church at 28 Paris St. Lunch is usually served from noon to 2 p.m. and supper is served from 4 to 7 p.m. every Tuesday. These meals are available for anyone in the community who are housing and/or food insecure.
This group believes in community, service and kindness. All are welcome at the table.
Donations of food and supplies and volunteers to assist are welcomed as well.
Because of the “social distancing” the soup kitchen is offering a one-time per week restaurant meal voucher to their guests and those facing food insecurity.
Visit www.facebook.com/eastbostonkitchen for more information.
Free breakfast & lunch for all Boston students
BPS will continue to provide free breakfast and lunch meals to all Boston students until further notice. A variety of packaged meal options will be available for pick up. Locations will be open Monday through Friday from 8:30 to11:30 a.m. at the schools. View all locations here.
Free meals for all students
The City of Boston, in partnership with Project Bread, YMCA of Greater Boston, Boston Centers for Youth and Families, and other community organizations, will provide free “grab and go” breakfast and lunch meals to all Boston students.
Visit boston.gov for a list of meal sites or phone 617-635-3717 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for other information. See all locations here.
If you need additional food resources, you can contact Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline at 800-645-8333.
Oasis for birds walk
A free nature walk was scheduled to be held from 8 to 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 4 and April 18 at Belle Isle Marsh, 1399 Bennington Street.
During the walks through the spring and summer, discover the abundant birdlife at Belle Isle Marsh Reservation, a restored wildlife sanctuary on this family-friendly one-mile walk on easy terrain recommended for adults and children, ages 10 and older, but all ages and experience levels are welcome.
The group will look for raptors, shorebirds and resident wading marsh birds.
Bring your binoculars and/or spotting scopes if you have them. A spotting scope will also be available for viewing.
This event is co-sponsored by the Friends of Belle Isle Marsh.
Visit eventbrite.com and/or www.mass.gov/dcr/events or call 781-656-1485 for status of these walks. Even with the formal walks canceled for now, the park is still open. Take a walk and enjoy nature – but remember to practice social distancing.
Pizza & Comedy Night 2020
Pizza & Comedy Night 2020 will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15 at Prince Pizzeria/Giggles Comedy Club, 517 Broadway St./Route One South, Saugus. When All Laugh, All Gain.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., pizza at 7 p.m., comedy show at 8 p.m.
Event tickets: $35 – includes unlimited cheese pizza, soda, & a comedy show
Raffles tickets: $20 for a book of 10 chances for great prizes
Donations in any amount are appreciated.
All the proceeds will benefit the East Boston Social Centers’ program.
Visit ebsoc.org/events for reservations by April 8 and other details.
BPL is closed; online services continue to grow
All locations of the Boston Public Library are closed until further notice.
Please note the following:
• All events, classes, concerts and talks taking place at all locations of the Boston Public Library are at this time either cancelled or postponed.
• The BPL will waive overdue fines for our library patrons through May 1st..
• During this time, the library is expanding automatic renewals and allowing people to keep their books and other materials for 15 weeks, instead of the usual three weeks.
• The BPL has pushed back library card expiration dates - if your card is due for renewal, you will have until October to renew it.
• The library is increasing the limits on accrued fines before an account is blocked. Use of online library services will not be suspended for patrons during this period.
• The library foresees no interruption in its digital services, which will remain on line for cardholders to enjoy remotely. In the coming days and weeks, the library will increase its online services, including e-books, downloadable movies, audiobooks and other information resources. Details about and links to remote library services can be found at www.bpl.org/news/remote-library-services.
• The library is committed to the health, safety, and well-being of the visitors and staff. Further updates to our operating hours will be announced on our website, on our social media platforms, and through email.
• For more information on the library closure, visit www.bpl.org/news/covid-19-update-march-16th.
• If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to email ask@BPL.org
BCYF activities canceled
The Boston Center for Youth and Families offers many programs for people of all ages throughout the city.
BCYF’s network of community centers offer a wide range of diverse features and programs that are as unique as the neighborhoods they serve.
Due to the COVID-19 virus, all BCYF pools, gyms and fitness centers are closed and all programming is suspended.
Select BCYF locations are meal pick-up sites only for students who rely on daily free breakfast and lunch provided by schools. Find sites and their hours of operation at www.boston.gov/departments/food-access/map-meal-sites-boston
To learn more about the centers, visit www.boston.gov/departments/boston-centers-youth-families.
Winter Fitness Series – Canceled
The Boston Parks and Recreation Winter Fitness Series and Pop-Up Parties all Boston Neighborhoods scheduled through April have been canceled.
Take a walk
Spring is here and although most events in the city are canceled or postponed, you can still take a walk and enjoy the beauty of nature.
You can also discover the abundant birdlife at Belle Isle Marsh Reservation in East Boston (1399 Bennington St.), a restored wildlife sanctuary. Please remember social distancing – stay six feet away from others and no handshaking or hugging. Fist bumping and elbow rubbing aren’t great ideas either since the back of your hands and your elbows (stores sneezes) collect germs as well.
This is a great time to take a walk by yourself or with your family – it is not an opportunity to gather together with a large group of friends.
And, if you are not feeling well – please stay home and give yourself a chance to heal!
Mobile Market program
The Fresh Connect Truck will be at 201 Summer St. from 3 to 6 p.m. on Mondays and at 343 Saratoga St. from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays throughout the year.
Visit aboutfresh.org for more information, including delivery status.
East Boston Open Market
East Boston Open Market at The Eddy, 10 New St. is typically open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the second Sunday of every month with an assortment of local artisan items available.
They are monitoring the “situation” and will keep everyone updated on the “Mama de Mayo Maker + Artist Market slated for May 3.
In the meantime, they remind everyone that “now is the time to shop local online, or by calling in to your favorite restaurant for take-out. Stay safe everyone!”
Visit eastbostonopenmarket.com, facebook.com, or email email@example.com for more information.
EB Sports Center summer registration open
The East Boston Sports Center at 143 Porter St. is taking online registration for the free summer programs providing an array of supervised sports, activities and games for children, 7 through 13 years of age.
The drop-in programs are offered from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday from July 6 through Aug. 21. Participants can register at apm.activecommunities.com for and attend one or more weeks.
Lunch will be provided; transportation is not. For more information, contact Cheryl.firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 617-961-3085.
Peace walks will be held at 6 p.m. on the third Thursdays of the month starting at A-7 Police Station, 69 Paris St.
Walkers can dedicate a song, art, recite a poem, sing a song, or simply walk and pray.
Two Dollar-A-Bag Sites
Fair-food Inc. provides fresh vegetables, fruits and an assortment of other products for $2 a bag. All people are welcome; no ID or sign-ups are required. Volunteers are always needed and appreciated to unload, pack and clean up.
The trucks will be at the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, 120 Liverpool St. from 2:30 to 4 p.m. and at Shore Plaza east, 500 Border St. from 2:30 to 3 on alternate Fridays.
Visit fairfoods.org or phone 617-288-6185 for other information, including delivery status.
The Grace Church Federated hosts a food pantry from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturdays in the church basement, 760 Saratoga St.
Visit gracechurcheastie.org or phone 617-569-5358 for more information.
A 60-minute Vinyasa flow class is held on most Saturdays from noon to 1 p.m. at The Point EB, 20 Orleans St.
The classes are free to Monthly Unlimited Members and $5 for non-members.
Visit thepointeb.com for more information, including when classes will resume.
The East Boston Drum Circle will meet from 3 to 5 p.m. on the third Saturday of the month at the East Boston Meditation Center, 113 Cottage St.
The group welcomes teen and adult drummers of all ability levels.
Bring frame drums, Native American (style) flutes, tongue drums, sabars and other similar instruments along with the usual djembe, ashiko, dunduns and doumbeks. Facilitator Cathy Stacy will provide shakers, bells, clave and other instruments.
There is a minimum $5 donation per person.
There is plenty of street parking on Cottage and Maverick streets as well as the school parking lot across the street.
For more information or to request a drum rental ($5), email email@example.com or visit http://eastienow.com/event/east-boston-drum-circle.html.
Water: Medium & Mirror exhibition
The Water: Medium & Mirror exhibition, curated by Stephanie Arnett, will be on view through June 16 at the ClipArt Gallery at the Clippership Wharf, 65 Lewis St.
Water is essential to all known life. It was the medium within which the first simple organisms moved and thrived. It comprises the majority of the cells in our bodies. We build our cities around it and search the outer reaches of our galaxy for signs of its presence.
The artists of the exhibition allude to this relationship in their materials and subject matter, to form a portrait of this simple elemental fluid, from which all life’s complexity has arisen.
Gallery hours: Saturdays, noon to 4 p.m. or by appointment.
Visit clipartboston.com for other information, including the gallery’s current schedule.
Little Free Library
The Little Free Library by the corner of Princeton Street and Eagle Square is open every Sunday. All people of all ages are welcome to browse, take a book and leave a book.
MOAR meetings – Will resume in the fall
The MOAR East Boston meeting is typically held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on the fourth Monday of each month at the North Suffix Mental Health Association, 14 Porter St.
The mission of MOAR – Massachusetts Organization for Addiction Recovery – is to organize recovering individuals, families and friends into a collective voice to educate the public about the value of recovery from alcohol and other addictions.
Visit moar-recovery.org for more information.